'As the title suggests, this year’s Murder Mystery was set in the Civic Hall Chambers. A double celebration party was happening as the Head of Chambers, the most lecherous and loathsome creature, Stuart Wetherby, played superbly by Dr Power had been made a judge, and a QC from the chambers (Mr Goulding) succeeded him much to the chagrin of the dishevelled and drunken ‘Ginny’ (Mr Walwyn). Guests of notability were present including Jessica Raymond (Mrs Ringham) with her beautiful newly moulded mouth, William Goldsmith (Mr Lawson), the senior chambers clerk who adored the tear stricken wife (Miss Whitcombe) of Mr Wetherby and lest we forget, the clown of the evening (Mrs Hooper), the loyal yet bitter housekeeper to the Wetherbys, who was led to believe the evening to be fancy dress!
Before we settled into our delicious curry with poppadoms and chutneys galore, I think the whole audience was happy to hear of the murder of Mr Wetherby – strangled by a black silk stocking! We were given plenty of time to mull over the facts and form our questions to help identify the guilty, yet brave party. Then followed question time where making a return to the stage, was Inspector Bertha Slack (Mrs Orton) or should we now call her/ him Bert Slack with the noticeable five o’clock shadow.
Obviously, his love for Mrs Wetherby running so deep, William Goldsmith was revealed as the murderer and this was correctly deduced by three teams, one of which, lead by Mr and Mrs Harris, have guessed correctly for the past three years!
Extensive thanks to all the Cokethorpe Players and especially Mrs Hooper for orchestrating the whole play; Linda Mace for her creative wigs amongst other stage props; former student, Matthew Roche for managing the lighting; Claire Sheldon and her Catering team for another delicious curry; Sam Wadeson in the Box Office and the Maintenance team for all their support both before and after the event.
Thank you Cokethorpe Players, roll on next year!'
Mrs Knox, Chariman of the CPA